The President informed that the informative meeting had been delayed with the hope that the Town Hall would supply more information about the reception, but as they have not done so up to date, a meeting had to be called before this year’s AGM. He pointed out that for the Town Hall to take over an urbanisation, the following three requirements must be met:
1.- There must be an E.U.C.– we already meet this requirement.
2.- The residents must approve the reception.
3.- Mijas Town Hall has to approve the reception.
It is possible that the Town Hall could choose to adopt us regardless of our vote, but they could not force us to terminate the EUC, as this is stated on our statutes that were approved by the Town Hall itself, so we could continue having an EUC.
He informed that the Town Hall carried out an audit of all the urbanisations to see the conditions of the infrastructures and their maintenance costs. As for Sitio de Calahonda, they have estimated that 185.000.-€ would be needed to carry out the works required to complete the urbanisation and the maintenance costs would be around 300.000.-€ per year. Most of the investments correspond to pavements. According to the Town Hall, they wouldn’t start these works immediately, but would include them on a list of scheduled works.
The EUC have had some meetings with the Town Hall, but nothing has been formally discussed or agreed. The Town Hall seems to be willing to take over the infrastructure works, however they do not seem to be in a position to take over the community services and even if they did, we could not expect them to be the same as those enjoyed by Mijas Pueblo and La Cala.
Due to this situation of uncertainty and to guarantee good services in the urbanisation as up to date, the Board of Directors, together with many administrators and presidents of communities, feel that we should sign a cooperation agreement. Some of the items included on the agreement are:
- The Town Hall will take over the infrastructures immediately.
- Any new infrastructure will be paid for by the Town Hall.
- They will gradually take over the services, over a period of not more than ten years.
- The Town Hall will commit to subrogating the staff currently employed by the EUC.
The idea is that as the Town Hall takes over the services, the EUC fees may be reduced and at the same time there will be the possibility to complement the services that the Town Hall give if these are inadequate or insufficient.
Once all services have been taken over, we can choose to dissolve the EUC, The Town Hall cannot force us to do so and it is the Assembly who takes the decision.
As for the security of the urbanisation, while there is an EUC we can manage our own security. If the EUC disappears, there is no possibility of hiring this service as it would correspond to the Local Police. If anyone wanted private security, it would have to be each private community/property who hires the service.
It was pointed out that EUC’s as a concept have always been intended to be provisional, temporary entities, until the Town Halls take over the services, as stated on the EUC statutes.
Several questions were clarified with respect to the quality of the services the Town Hall would give and also regarding the risk of the debtors increasing due to a false interpretation of what the reception of urbanisations means.